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  • Rocket Internet’s Easy Taxi drives into Nigeria with global expansion

    Latin American taxi app today Easy Taxi announced its global expansion in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The company recently received an additional funding of US$10-million from Rocket Internet and African Internet Holding, which is helping fast track its growth strategy. The service works very much like Uber or similar cab services like Hailio. Download the Easy Taxi app, available for iOS, Android and the new BlackBerry devices, confirm your pickup point and order your cab. Users then receive confirmation of the name, photo and car model/plate of your driver, and will be able to follow the vehicle’s...

  • Wits University to conclude MIT tech entrepreneur incubation programme

    As we reported last month, the Johannesburg Centre of Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University is responsible for TechinBraam -- a new tech hub that focuses on innovation in the area. Now, the JCSE has been responsible for hosting an entrepreneurship training programme that was presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and funded internationally by Google. The programme comes from a multidisciplinary group of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives that focuses on encouraging tech development for emerging markets. Known as MIT AITI, this initiative involves a six week long incubator programme and included more than thirty engineering...

  • SEACOM goes social: plans community outreach programmes in Africa

    Cable and communications company, SEACOM is today celebrating the anniversary of its commercial launch by committing itself to community outreach programmes across the African continent. Going by the tagline "Building the African Internet," the company is mainly known for launching Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the eastern and southern coastlines in 2009. This year's initiatives revolve mainly around ICT and social development. Community projects across Africa are being carried out in an effort to further the company's social investment programme in the name of Foundation Day. In South Africa, the company will focus its efforts on Tembisa High...

  • Restaurant finder app Zomato finally serves up Cape Town

    Today Zomato launched its restaurant discovery service in Cape Town, a crucial step to expand and gain better reach in South Africa for a company which is one of the few catering to this market. Zomato’s award-winning app is location-aware and suggests the best restaurants near a user's physical location. The service integrates social features for a rich and credible content base. Users can choose specific networks or friends to follow and get restaurant recommendations from them. One of the company's main strengths is the thorough information the Zomato app provides. Users have access to scanned menus, reviews, photos and mapped coordinates. It's available for...

  • OnePixel says we need more ‘apps for Africa’

    OnePixel chief operating officer Nicholas Rixon gives us a lowdown of his interpretation on the mobile tech scene in Africa. Focusing on smartphone applications, he says that there’s a great need for African apps that solve African problems on the continent but the continent is not there just yet. OnePixel is a South African-based mobile software development company. By using cloud-based environment for the company’s apps, OnePixel aims to bring the offline and online user experiences to the user as well as the application’s product brand. Rixon refers to these as “Apps for Africa” and says that, when played right, there...

  • FlipOver.org wants to ‘flip social challenges’ through crowdsourcing

    Today Flipover.org has announced its partnership with Indonesia's largest non-profit youth organization Karang Taruna. The aim in this partnership is to connect Indonesia's local neighborhood entrepreneurs to the global crowdsourcing community. FipOver.org is an Indonesian-based that creates awareness and uses crowdsourcing as a platform to "flip social challenges to individuals to empower change." This is mainly done on a global scale-- connecting social entrepreneurs that use crowdsourcing to co-design solutions. The organization plans to expand to the rest of South East Asia and other emerging markets. Karang Taruna has 10-million active members and although spanning across 500 cities, is mainly...

  • Rocket Internet raises $500-million, has big plans for emerging markets

    Rocket Internet is one of the key startup backers in the world. With currently over 75 ventures across the globe, it is also popular for its interests in backing startups in developing markets. Today Rocket Internet announced that it has managed to secure over US$500-million from the Stockholm-based Investment AB Kinnevik and US-based Access Industries since May 2012. This massive total sum of investments means that Rocket Internet is now a US$1-billion organisation. The organisation tends to develop and support ecommerce companies in the fashion, general merchandise and furniture sectors. “This is a highly significant investment from our partners Kinnevik and...

  • Dashboard launches Pinpoint for innovative market research in Africa

    Market research and strategy company Dashboard has partnered with advertising and media expert Dave Kelly in an effort to launch Pinpoint. Using available technology, Pinpoint is designed to be a current as well as accurate media consumption and audience tracking tool for the African continent. Pinpoint analyses African media content consumption to understand and use the market's advantages. Its market ranges from TV and radio consumers to social media and internet usage. The company has been developed to support more efficient and successful media buying on the continent. By exploring psychographic and attitudinal consumer mindsets, Pinpoint is able to...

  • Orange launches new money transfer service in Africa

    Orange telecom recently launched a new money transfer service to compete with an already competitive industry. The Orange Money International Money Transfer takes advantage of an existing lucrative market that's hoping to secure the telecom giant's foothold in Africa. People from and in between Mali, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire are able to use Orange's new money transfer service. The service allows cellphone users to directly send and receive money by simply using a general code and the recipient's unique cell phone number. According to Orange, more than US$260-million transfers between these three countries every year. The Middle-East and Africa contributes...

  • MEDO offers ‘trip-of-a-life-time’ to ICT entrepreneurs

    Between MEDO(Micro Enterprise Development Organisation) and BT (British Telecom) Global Services, 11 entrepreneurial businesses have the opportunity to get training as well as exposure to business and investment partners at the International Trade Programme this November. Entrepreneurs, who have small businesses operating within the Information, Communication and Technology sectors, are invited to apply for the next International Trade Programme. All entries will be evaluated and the selected entrepreneurs will be placed on the programme. Those who triumph during ‘bootcamp’ will go on the next trade visit to the UK in November 2013. Apart from exposure and the "trip-of-a-life-time," chosen applicants...